Thames Path
Ultra Challenge®

14/15 September 2024

Join your colleagues in the CB Reid team along England’s greatest river! – Follow the famous Towpath, and fundraise for Muscular Dystrophy UK, as you make memories and share an unforgettable experience in this years Thames Path Ultra Challenge! The full 100km route begins in Bishop’s Park by Putney Bridge. You’ll head upstream to Richmond and through Hampton, before reaching the 50k halfway rest stop in historical Runnymede. Then on through Windsor & Eton, followed by a rest at the 3/4 point in Cookham. The final stretch brings you into Oxfordshire, with some wonderful scenery, before you reach the riverside finish line in Henley, where a big celebration awaits. You’ll get full support & hospitality along the route, as well as other optional extras to make it an experience you won’t forget!

See below for more details – and please sign up to the event via the links on this page.

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages – and UK’s #1 series of treks & trial runs. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 14 events in the Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key, and from the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App – with training guides, optional training walks, maps, online forums, and the latest news & updates.

Rest Stops every ~12.5 km with ‘major’ ones every ~25 km, and are much more than the shaky gazebo with water that you see on some events. We’ve marquee cover, large medical & welfare tents, catering services, seating areas for recovery, changing rooms, and a friendly welcome!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops. There’s also the option to hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key. We pride ourselves on the quantity & quality of our catering, and whichever distance you are on – meals, snacks & drinks are included – so no need to carry much!

  • Snacks & drink stops every 12.5 km
  • Snacks – from the healthy to treats
  • Meals / food every 25 km
  • Energy drinks
  • All dietary requirements catered for
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • Finishers meal

We generally have a ~50 km campsite for rest & sleep if you’re on the 2 day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, or if you finish / start a 50 km ‘half’ Challenge. Book an inclusive package or ‘pitch your own’ – there’re showers and chill out areas.

We’ve experienced Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists, and Massage Teams at Rest Stops. There’re ‘Self Help’ areas with blister plasters, talc, Vaseline, and tape if you want to patch your own feet. Our mobile Emergency Medical Teams are only a phone call away, via our 24 hour Control Room

We don’t want you to forget that finish-line moment – our Cheer Squad will ensure you won’t! You’ll get a medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and a glass of fizz, before heading to a finishers meal and a well earned rest. Download your official Challenge certificate when you’re ready.

There’re shuttles to local train stations for onward travel, and most finish lines have parking so supporters can meet you. We’ve bus ‘transfers’ to / back to key venues (eg the start) – and check out the ‘Bookable Extras’ for details of all transport options.

100 km, at your pace, through the day & night if you’re walking.

Fulham > Henley-on-Thames

  • Saturday 14 Sept 2024
  • Start – Bishops Park, W. London
  • 100 km & 350 m climb
  • Finish – Henley-on-Thames

 

Rest Stops every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 28 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – hot meal
  • 78 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

Your teams start time will be around 7.30am on Saturday 14th September at Putney Bridge (exact time tbc) with the aim for you all to start at the same time regardless of your chosen distance – you will need to be there approx. 1 hour before the official start to register – then have a pre challenge cup of tea / coffee and soak up the atmosphere!

There’s a range of optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. Options relevant to your distance option include:

Due to the central London start line location we recommend you use public transport to get the start line.

  • Parking: There is local Pay & Display and free parking along the route at Hurst Park (28km), Runneymede (50km) & Henley (100km) – NO parking at Bishops Parks in Fulham

 

BAGGAGE SERVICE  Transfer of baggage from start to halfway/finish is available and payable on the day.

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Join us – as whether you’re an occasional walker, an experienced trekker, a weekend jogger, or a budding marathon enthusiast – there’s challenge here for you! Walk, Jog, or Run at your pace as part of the CB Reid team in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK.  The Thames Path Ultra Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support along the way, enabling you to push yourself further in famous and historic scenery along the tow path – it’s certainly an event not to be missed!

Check out your route on the interactive map below!

How to Join

Join the CB REID Team!

You’ll need to fill in the online from – There is NOTHING for you to pay. The event fees will be covered by CB Reid.

Register to join the team

Find the online form in the link below to register for the event. Please use the link on this page to register, not the general website. Once registered you will receive a Confirmation Email – this will give details of how to access the Event App (with lots of info & updates)

Fundraising

As part of your event you will be fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy UK – If you follow the link below you can create and access your very own JustGiving page to get started with you fundraising! The Charity and event are pre-selected for you!

EVENT WEBSITE

Visit the ULTRA CHALLENGE website. YOU MUST return to this page to sign up.

EVENT FACTSHEET

All you need to know about the Thames Path Ultra Challenge.

PARTICIPANT AREA

Information & advice for ALL participants taking on the Challenge

16 Amazing Challenges

Over 200,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, and the 16 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs – which have also raised £50+ million for charities. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and Push Yourself Further! Whoever you are – If you’re up for a challenge, it has to be an Ultra Challenge!

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Lake District Ultra Challenge

8-9 June 2024

100 km loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & Ambleside 10K

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Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge

5-6 May 2024

106 km ‘Full Island’ Loop + Half & Quarter Island options.

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London 2 Brighton Ultra Challenge

25-26 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge distance options

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South Coast Ultra Challenge

7-8 Sept 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options

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Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

18-19 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options AND Marathon + Double Marathon & Bridport 10K

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Thames Path Ultra Challenge

14 – 15 Sept 2024

100 km + 3/4 + Half & Quarter Challenge options

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek (Sat – Central London)

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk (Central London)

+ The Henley 10K (Sunday)

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South West Coast 50 Ultra Challenge

3 August 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10 km Challenge options

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Peak District Ultra Challenge

6-7 July 2024

100 km Loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & The Bakewell 10 Mile. 

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Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge

22 – 23 June 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options.

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Chiltern 50 Ultra Challenge

28 Sept 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10K Challenge options

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North Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

27 July 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10km Challenge options.

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Easter 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 April 2025

Windsor

50 km, 25 km, 0r 10 km Loops 

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London Summer Walk

Sat 24 August 2024

25 KM or 10 KM looped route – Woolwich Start / Finish

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London Halloween Walk

Sat 26 October 2024

25 KM or 10 KM spooky looped route options. Start / finish – The Oval Cricket Ground ‘dungeon’,

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NEW – Kent Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 October 2024

50 KM, 25 KM or 10 KM looped routes options. Start / finish – The Kent Showground nr. Maidstone.

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